Wizards play best game at right time
While his players were enjoying a well-deserved day off Monday, Wizards coach Peter Vermes was reviewing film of their most recent game, Saturday’s 2-0 victory against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
And by the time he was done watching it, he knew what his message would be when his players arrived for practice today.
“I’ll talk to them, and I’ll commend them for the 90 minutes of good soccer,” Vermes said. “They got the first goal, they fought for the ball and they competed.
“As far as management of the game goes it was the best 90 minutes we’ve put together all season.”
It wasn’t long ago that the Wizards, 7-9-5, seemed dead in the water. A penchant for giving up easy goals and an inability to finish scoring chances had Vermes irritated.
However, the Wizards are 4-2-1 in their last seven games, and their victory against the Western Conference-leading Galaxy, 13-5-4, moved the Wizards into fourth place in the Eastern Conference and just three points out of the final playoff spot.
ROSTER MOVE COMING: The Wizards are expected to sign one player from their 18-and-under team to the roster today.
The player will be someone from
the Wizards’ top juniors team, and the favorites are Wichita Southeast senior Konner Knoll and Blue Valley North seniors Jon Kempin and Jordan Rideout. Each practiced with the Wizards for a week earlier this month as a reward for their hard work.
SCHEDULE CHANGE: The Wizards announced Monday that their next home game, originally scheduled for Sept. 11 against the Houston Dynamo, has been moved to Sept. 22 because of CommunityAmerica Ballpark availability.
The Kansas City T-Bones home stadium will be host to the opening round of the Northern League baseball playoffs in a best-of-five series beginning Sept. 8 or 9.
BRADLEY PICKS U.S.: U.S. Soccer announced late Monday it had agreed to a four-year extension with coach Bob Bradley, ending speculation that he was seeking a job in Europe and that the federation wanted to start anew in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Financial terms were not disclosed.
LEAGUE NETS DEAL: Major League Soccer and Adidas agreed to a new eight-year sponsorship deal, reportedly worth more than $200 million, which officials believe solidifies and validates the increased
growth of the league and calls for significant investment in youth development.